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WR Smith ranks No. 54 on top 100 players list


WR Smith ranks No. 54 on top 100 players list

After just one season with the Ravens, Steve Smith has left a strong impression with his peers.

NFL Network continues to unveil its list of Top 100 Players of 2015, and Smith ranks No. 54 in the voting among players, after not making the list in 2014. That’s a measure of the respect players still have for Smith at age 36.

Joining the Ravens after 13 seasons with the Panthers. Smith had 79 catches last year for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. Derrick Mason is the only receiver in franchise history with more catches in a single season. Mason had 103 catches in 2007, 86 catches in 2005, and 80 catches in 2008.

Smith is the highest-ranking Raven on the list so far, ahead of quarterback Joe Flacco (97th), linebacker C. J. Mosley (94th), linebacker Terrell Suggs (84th), guard Marshal Yanda (79th), and running back Justin Forsett (65th).

Meanwhile, consider the other wide receivers on the top 100 list that Smith finished ahead of – Randall Cobb of the Packers (100th), Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos (95th), Julian Edelman of the Patriots (91st), Golden Tate of the Lions (85th), Mike Evans of the Buccaneers (75th), Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals (68th), Jeremy Maclin of the Chiefs (61st), and Brandon Marshall of the Jets (57th).

While some other veterans have elected to skip voluntary OTA’s, Smith was on the field Wednesday, working and preparing for his 15th NFL season. The Ravens signed Smith to a three-year, $11 million contract after the Panthers released him in 2014. That’s another deal general manager Ozzie Newsome is glad he made.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.